NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Atlanta
(Thursday, November 27th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Atlanta 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Owen Nolan scored two goals, including an empty-netter in the waning moments, as the Toronto Maple Leafs held on for a 3-1 victory over Atlanta at Philips Arena.
Darcy Tucker also found the back of the net and added an assist on Nolan's second goal, as Toronto won its third straight game for the second time this season. Ed Belfour made 31 saves.
Ilya Kovalchuk continued his torrid start with a goal for Atlanta, which has dropped two straight since a four-game winning streak. Pasi Nurminen turned aside 26 of the 28 shots he faced in the loss.
Shawn McEachern set up the Atlanta goal with a nice centering pass to the left circle late in the third period. Kovalchuk's 17th of the season beat Belfour with just 1:26 remaining in the game, ruining the Toronto netminder's chances of posting his 67th career shutout.
But Nolan iced the win with an empty-net goal just 26 seconds after that.
It was Nolan who opened the scoring with a goal at 12:25 of the first period, his 700th career point. He beat Nurminen stick-side with a wrister from the right circle off a nice feed by Harold Druken.
Tucker made it 2-0 just 2:33 seconds after Nolan's goal, skating into the low slot and poking the puck past Nurminen for his sixth of the season.
The goaltenders stopped 12 shots apiece in a scoreless second period.
Calgary's Marc Savard received a match penalty major early in the third period for biting Tucker...Atlanta defeated the Leafs earlier in the season, but Toronto is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings and 7-4-1 over the last 12.
11/27 21:58:48 ET